Daniel Brooks has worked as a director, writer, actor, producer, and teacher. One of his earliest outings was as a director of the play Evening, a theatrical adaptation of the film All About Eve. Since then, he has become a mainstay of Canadian theatre. He has been co-director of the Augusta Company and associate at da da kamera, and playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company from 2003 to 2012.
His works as playwright or co-writer include: The Return of Pokey Jones, The Noam Chomsky Lectures, The Lorca Play, Here Lies Henry, Insomnia, Bigger Than Jesus, and The Aleph. He has developed and directed many works other than his own, notably Daniel MacIvor's House; John Mighton's Possible Worlds and Half Life. In 2011, he worked with Michael Ondaatje to adapt Divisadero for the stage. Recently he directed David Mamet's Race at Canadian Stage.
Brooks has also acted in many works, including his own, notably The Return of Pokey Jones, Possible Worlds, and Insomnia. He has won many awards, including: the Chalmers, the Dora Mavor Moore Award (three times for directing), the Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and has been nominated for the Governor General's Award. In October 2001, he received the first Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.